Klein makes good impression on Maddux

Klein makes good impression on Maddux

CLEVELAND -- Rookie pitcher Phil Klein had an interesting Major League debut on Friday night. He gave up a home run to Lonnie Chisenhall on his fourth pitch, ending his 35-inning scoreless streak. He hit a batter with one out, committed a balk and gave up an infield single that put runners on the corners.

But he got out of the inning with a strikeout and a grounder and pitching coach Mike Maddux liked what he saw.

"I like the way his arm works," Maddux said. "He is a big guy who throws top to bottom. He's got a little angle on his fastball. He got a lot of check marks for his first outing. He surrendered the long ball, got a strikeout looking, hit a batter and executed a balk.

"I was curious to see him because his numbers were so stellar in the Minors. Your Major League debut is usually a mulligan. If it's great, that's good. If not, so what. You have so much excitement and nerves flying around. You don't usually perform the way you're supposed to, but he was fine. He had first and third and saved a run. He got the strikeout and the groundout."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.